Monday, February 1, 2021

Christo and Amelia weather the snowstorm

Just as the snow started falling late Sunday, I found resident red-tails, Christo and Amelia, hanging out together in their old nest tree in Tompkins Square. They've been spending time in this tree recently, so I hope that means they're considering it for their nest this season.

Amelia is perched high, Christo is down low:

Today, as the snowstorm really got going, I found the pair perched together in a tree on the west side of the park. Amelia is on the left and Christo is on the right.

Due to the weather conditions, I only had a pocket camera with me, and it was easier to take video.

After a few minutes, Amelia took off and Christo lingered in the area. I tried to get some decent shots of him but the wind and snow made it difficult. This was the best I could do, but you can see that he looks just fine.

Here's more video of Christo enduring the wind.

This wasn't Christo's first snowstorm - we captured him in worse conditions in 2016, and again in 2018 during a 'bomb cyclone'. The hawks (and other birds) can handle winter weather with their warm down coats, and seeing the hawk pair together in the park is a good sign that spring is not that far away.

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